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outlook web access new features for printing attachments RRS feed

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  • When using web access, dealing with attachments is painful.  It would be nice to be able to have funcationality to print attachements directly.  Currently you have to attempt to open them, save them to a location and then print them and then go back and delete the file that was created just so you could print the attachment.  It would be nice to be able to right click to print and have to deal with a single security question than have to go through the multiple steps and clean ups just to get a single document printed.  Now when you have multiple documents that you need to print from a single message, the steps get time consuming and it gets worse when you have a mailbox full of these types of messages.

    I hope I have the right location for making this suggestion.

    • Moved by Naomi N Monday, July 2, 2012 2:42 PM May be better answer here (From:Suggestions and Feedback for the Forums)
    Tuesday, May 22, 2012 8:07 PM

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  • I am not sure which forum your suggestion should be posted in, but it's an off-topic for this particular forum as it deals with the suggestions for the forum's operations.

    Do you have an idea which forum will be appropriate for your suggestion?


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    Thursday, May 31, 2012 4:48 AM
  • If you have the latest Exchange build with all update done (because OWA is part of the Exchange CAS's role), the only place I know you could start the idea for a new feature is on the exchange's team blog. Like right there; http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2012/05/29/released-update-rollup-3-for-exchange-2010-service-pack-2.aspx


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    • Edited by Yagmoth555MVP Sunday, June 3, 2012 3:21 AM
    • Proposed as answer by Naomi N Sunday, June 3, 2012 4:27 AM
    Sunday, June 3, 2012 3:19 AM
  • Emmm... but the web browser is caged and the javascript have no way to know whether the browser understand how to deal with DDE verbs... let alone knowing whether it has handler installed for that type of attachment.

    So... I don't think it's feasible without the aid of IETeam.

    Monday, June 4, 2012 8:10 AM
  • I highly doubt any other browser would implement DDE... it was deprecated by the invention of COM. I also doubt the OWA team would write a browser extension to handle this, Microsoft is doing away with browser extensions in IE 10 Metro.

    I suggest you to ask at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/exchangesvrdevelopment/threads to see if this is possible via writing an Exchange client app that can be launched from your web site via ClickOnce.



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    • Proposed as answer by Naomi N Monday, July 2, 2012 2:42 PM
    Monday, July 2, 2012 1:44 PM
  • Nope. I'm not saying the browser should implement DDE, I'm asking browser to implement function to check whether DDE handler is registered for "print" verb on certain type of file.

    This is the fastest way to check whether certain file type supports being printed on a Windows machine. Although DDE has been marked depreciated for ages, it somehow didn't gone quite dead yet. Lots of softwares that have codebase of some age kept registering them. Moreover, this is the only unified way we know to instruct an application to open a file and print it directly.

    Maybe the COM people should also consider writing standard on how to provide common "Print" handler support. Until then, I don't think the DDE will quite be ready to go away.

    • Edited by cheong00 Tuesday, July 3, 2012 2:18 AM
    Tuesday, July 3, 2012 2:16 AM
  • The replacement of DDE is IDropTarget in terms of print verb. However I doubt any browser developer have batch printing for OWA users on their priority work item list. The hard part is to first identifying a web site has any version of OWA then reverse engineer each and every version of OWA to download attachments automatically. It not something I would invest time in even as a browser extension developer. 

    You would have much better luck to find someone who can write code based on documented Exchange APIs that won't change between Windows Updates. 



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    Tuesday, July 3, 2012 7:56 PM